I want to talk to you about the importance of ministry processes. Now the reality is that you can’t give the ministry away unless you have the processes in place to hand that off. So, let’s take a look at how this is done.
Often leaders respond to giving the ministry away not in the greatest way. They think that they are the only people that can do it. They treat it like the Iron Chef. Now the Iron Chef says, “Hey, I don’t know what ingredients I am going to get on Sunday and only I have the experience and the special unique knowledge to whip up something palatable, to take these ingredients and make a great tasting cake to serve to our guests.” They sacrifice giving the ministry away on the altar of excellence every single Sunday because they think that they are the only people that can do it.
The next approach is Grandma. Grandma is wonderful. Grandma knows how to make the cake. She makes it great every single time and we all love it. But the problem is she never takes the time to write it down. And that means that she never gives the ministry away either. She never shares it with anyone. She just does it herself. It’s not anything against Grandma. It’s not an excellence or pride issue. She just hasn’t taken the time to write that down.
Now, finally, we have the cake-in-a-box approach. Cake-in-a-box is great. It says, “Hey, here are the ingredients you need. In fact, I’ve put a lot of those together for you. You really only need to add a couple of eggs, a cup of oil, set the oven timer, and you are going to get a great cake to serve our guests.” This process is scalable. This process is repeatable. And also, this practice actually practices Ephesians 4 and we effectively give our ministry away.
So now that you understand the importance of ministry processes and your ability to give the ministry away, what are you going to do about it?